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The past couple months has been a slow one for using up products it seems – like anything else, when it rains it pours, but in those in-between times, it seems to be a bit of a drought. I’m just on the precipice of finishing a handful of products, but before that happens, I want to round up all the items that I finished before I began my beauty challenge – I want to be fair and transparent (lol can you tell I work for the government?), so when the time comes to match products used to products bought, I’ve got clear evidence to show you that I’m still following the guidelines. Meticulous to a fault, eh?The list of products below are pretty boring, I have to say – most weren’t very memorable and I wouldn’t repurchase the majority of them. There are also a handful of samples that seemed to take AGES to finish, despite some being tiny. Anywho…enough chat – let’s hop to it!Phyto Phytheol Intense Shampoo and L’Oreal Total Repair conditioner. The former is an anti-dandruff formulation which I had hoped would help with my seasonal dry scalp, which I thought was dandruff. Turns out, its more likely dermatitis, as per my dermatologist – surprize, surprize, the girl with eczema has one more skin issue to worry about. Yay…. Anyway, this didn’t do a lick for my scalp, but since I don’t seem to have dandruff, I can’t really give it a fair rating. I think there are probably treatments out there though that are more effective and far cheaper than this.
L’Oreal’s Total Repair conditioner was OK, but absolutely nothing to rave about and to be honest, I just stopped using it a few weeks ago and already I don’t remember what it was like. It wasn’t as hydrating or as smoothing as I wanted it to be, so there’s that. I can tell you that I already enjoy my current conditioner, an Infusium23 product, wayyyy more. I bought this because it was on sale. End of story.Philosophy’s Purity cleanser. I’m sure everyone and their dog has tried this basic product at some point. It’s a good standby and I didn’t have any issues with it, but jeez louise this size lasts AGES. I know that’s a great thing for some, but for Miss ADHD here, I get bored halfway through and am just dying to use something else. I always feel that there could be something better. This cleanser didn’t irritate my skin, but I didn’t find it soothed it either, and right now while I’m fighting tooth and nail to keep my skin under control (this cold, cold Winter is doing a major number on it!), this just isn’t going to cut it. Great for slightly sensitive skin or, of course, non-reactive skin in general though. The Body Shop’s Wise Woman Eye Cream, Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum, and a mini jar of Vaseline (though apparently I took the label off…?). The Wise Woman eye cream was nice, decently hydrating but nothing crazy either way, so if you’re super oily/dry, you’ll probably need something else. It didn’t help with my dark circle, which was one of it’s claims, and I’ve had other eye creams that kept my undereye area more supple. But for $24CAD, it was a decent price and lasted me a good year or more.
I’m not going to talk anymore about Ole’s Truth Serum – I know you’ve heard enough!!! If you haven’t though, or need a refresher, see my original post here. I’m on my second bottle of this now.
Ah, Vaseline. A medicine cabinet must, even though overall I’m not a fan of petroleum. But I use this on my lips every night before bed and my pucker stays nice and hydrated for the most part, so for the couple bucks it costs, and the length of time it lasts (seriously, like 2-3 years for this tiny thing…crazy), I’ll keep on buying it!Another Vaseline product – Intensive Rescue Soothing Hand Cream. I really liked this a lot – it wasn’t as occlusive as the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula, but it softened my hands big time and kept them moisturized for hours. It even helped with some of my eczema patches, which is always a bonus in my eyes. It had a relatively thick consistency but abosrbed fairly quickly and didn’t leave my hands greasy. I can’t remember the price but it was something like $8.99 – around the same as Norwegian Formula etc. Here’s a sample size of Aveda’s Smoothing Body Polish. I haven’t owned a body scrub in a while – in keeping with staying away from abrasive products as a whole, I’m sort of off the scrubs – but I picked this up in the Fall and used it sporadically here and there. It had a fairly good granular quality though I never felt that I left the shower super-smooth, so not sure what that was about. It worked better on damp skin than fully wet. I wouldn’t buy the full size.More samples! I’ve had the Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel for years, but finally got on finishing it last year. It was pretty great, actually – the scent made me nervous, kind of floral and pretty strong – but it didn’t seem to irritate my skin that I noticed. It comes as a fine powder, with you put in the palm of your hand and add water, then it foams and you apply it to your face for 30-60 seconds and the enzymes exfoliate. It did make my face feel really smooth afterward, and this sample, if I had used it consistently (say, every 2-3 days) would have lasted me a few months – you only need a bit of powder each time. If there were no fragrance, I’d pay the $60-odd dollars for the full-size of this; crazy price, but it was pretty lovely.
The CoverFX Nourishing Foundation Primer and Anti-Aging Serum was another sample that lasted quite a while considering its just a little packet. I normally don’t include those types of samples, but because it lasted so long I thought it was worthwhile. If I recall, Liz did a post on this a few months back, that was pretty thorough. I don’t remember it too much, but I think it was nice enough – definitely more like a treatment serum than a primer, as Liz noted. I think there are a bunch of different formulations of these, and they aren’t cheap, something like $39CAD? I wanted to buy one but the packing is sooo tiny for that price! Funny the things I’ll shell out for and those I won’t eh?
That little sample jar on the right was the Philosophy Help Me that I tried out. I still maintain that it worked quite nicely considering my skin is almost always flared up and red these days – it didn’t add to the irritation – but the fact that the retinol in the ingredients is soo far down the list concerns me. Obviously that would contribute to why it didn’t irritate my skin, but at the same time – do I want to pay $59CAD for a product that doesn’t really do what I bought it for??? The sample lasted almost a full week using it nightly though, so it seems to go pretty far.Finally, some makeup!! Though sadly, only one product here is full-size; the others are all sample sizes. Nonetheless, I got through them! Here you see a random eyebrow comb that broke (both ends – the comb part you still see is just attached for show) which I included just because. Then we have a Clinique Lash Doubling mascara sample – this is probably my second fave mascara by the brand after High Impact. Gives nice volume and some length, but doesn’t clump at all. Then below it, is one of Clinique’s Vitamin C Lip Smoothie’s in Strawberry Bliss. The lip smoothies have antioxidants in them to help keep the lips healthy and more youthful looking. This shade was just a dark but sheer pink shade, but it was really nice and I think the color would look good on almost anyone. However, this sample went fast – I didn’t use it all that often and even so, it was gone in two months. I also found that the texture of the gloss is a bit thicker than I’d like – not a big issue, just something of note.
Underneath the lip smoothie, we have a Long Last Glosswear SPF15 by Clinique, another sample size, in Knockout Nude. Nice cool shimmering beige-nude shade that looks good on most skintones, but I find the newer glosswears with SPF get sticky faster than the old ones without sunscreen. And they get funky after a while and develop this nasty plastic-type smell. No thanks! You can see I didn’t finish it – and I don’t plan to! I also didn’t finish the L’Oreal On-the-Loose shadow pot in Five Alarm below it – if you recall I swatched this with my new L’Oreal Infallible shadow I bought a few weeks ago, and realized how much nicer and more pigmented the newer one was. And also, I had to bite the bullet that this old shadow was over 10 years old, so it HAD to go. It’s still got about a 1/4 of the container left, but…oh well!
Lastly, we have a sample jar of a MAC Pro Longwear concealer (shade NC42). I included this because this was another sample that lasted forever – I had this for several months and was using it on my undereyes almost every day. It was ok – it covered my darkness but didn’t completely erase it. I’m terribly fussy with undereye concealers and have yet to find one that lives up to my expectations, to take my review with a grain of salt – for some, this might be total love, as it does conceal better than some and is buildable. However, the pump dispenser on the full-size is irritating because it gives too much product (you only need a small dot), so that’s a turn off. I wouldn’t buy the full-size, which retails for $21CAD.
So there’s the rundown of what I’ve used up in the past while, up to January 20th. Moving forward, anything that I finish now counts toward a new purchase – remember, its one for one in skincare, and two for one in makeup. Sometimes this seems like no biggie, other times, I find myself just about to pull the trigger on a new product…..only to be reminded that I gotta use ‘em to buy ‘em! Rats.
Wishing everyone a great weekend!!! If you get out shopping, make sure you let me live vicariously through you OK???
I’ve become somewhat of a snob when it comes to cosmetics – I think partially because I have so much stuff, that buying more expensive items keeps the amount of products amassed in check. Also, because once you get a taste of luxury, well…you’re totally screwed.
Anyway, I still spend a fair bit of time in Shoppers Drug Mart perusing the aisles, and buying basics such as moisturizer or conditioner that require regular replenishment (and therefore shouldn’t be breaking the bank!). Particularly, there are a few products that I’ve picked up over the last year or so from the drugstore that have been quite impressive and deserve a good mention.
1) Milani Sunset Duos Blush & Bronzer in Sunset Beach – Milani cosmetics are sold at Lawtons Drugstores and while I’ve not tried any other of their products, this blush/bronzer combo is really beautiful. The blush is a plummy shade with a touch of shimmer, and the bronzing shade is more brown than orange, and matte. It garners high marks on MUA, and rightly so: the two swirled together and applied to cheekbones, temples and a swipe down the nose look exceptional. It gives my skin some color without looking obvious – more like a bronzer, enhanced, than blush. I use this if I’m going to do a more dramatic lip so that it balances my skin but doesn’t compete. I’ve had bronzers in the past, but they never make my skin look as good as this product does. Well done, Milani!2) Aveeno Nourish + Condition Leave-In Treatment – I’ve been trying out a bunch of different leave-ins (Infusium23, Nexxus, eg.), but they just didn’t give my hair the hydration and slip I was looking for. As my hair is so curly, I really need something that will allow me to detangle easily while minimizing breakage, and this product does the trick. And I does seem to improve the health of my hair over time as well. The one downside is that because of the way it sprays out, I find the bottle only lasts a couple months – but as it’s under $10, it’s not a huge problem.3) Sally Hansen Age Correct No Chip Base + Top Coat – I’ve been using this exclusively as my base coat for about two years now, with continuous success. I usually grab one when it goes on sale, for around $5, though it’s only $8.99 regular price I think. On MUA it says its discontinued, but I have been able to get it at Shoppers consistently without issue. It easily compares to CND’s ‘Stickey’ base coat, or Orly Bonder, and performs just as well (actually, I like it better than ‘Stickey’). And it doesn’t get goopy until you’ve got about a third of the bottle left, which is pretty good considering some other formulas! Used as a top coat, it is damn near impenetrable – which I actually find as a downside because it makes removal so much harder!! But at least it’s doing a good job I will still stick with my S.Vite though – I’m addicted to how fast it dries! 4) Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream – This was my first foray into retinol-based products, and I’m completely sold on the effectiveness. Even thought this is OTC (over-the-counter), it still works great, for a fraction of the price of other Retinol/Retin-A products. For a newbie to retinol, it’s a great option as it’s not too harsh but you get good results – smooth, even skin with breakouts minimized. I have eczema and have had no irritation or issues with this product at all. For $22, it’s a great anti-aging product for almost anyone!5) Revlon Lipsticks – I rarely buy lipstick, as I don’t wear it all that often, but when I do buy one I usually go drugstore because of the infrequency of use (although, for classic shades like red, I like MAC…and mmm that creme brule-vanilla scent is yummy). I have found that Revlon consistently makes a good lipstick, with a large range of shades and textures, and good wear time. I have one from the Super Lustrous line – which is creamy, easy to apply and has a TON of shades (mine is actually a ‘Up the Amp’ dupe called Haute Berry) – and one of the Color Burst shades, in Mauve, which has dense pigmentation and is also very creamy. Neither are drying at all and just feel great on the lips. For a relatively inexpensive product (around $9), I’ll be coming back for more shades in the future, without a doubt.So there you have it. Many of these products I picked up because of great reviews, as no matter how much or little a product costs, I still rely of other cosmetic junkie’s opinions So I ask you – what are your own personal drugstore favorites that are standouts to you? What items should I be giving a second look? Suggestions, please!
*Aside from Milani Cosmetics, which are sold at Lawtons Drugs, all other products can be found at both Lawtons or Shoppers Drug Mart.
To update you on my skin woes, it seems my sensible, albeit boring, regime of Cetaphil cleanser and basic oil-free lotion (in this case, Neutrogena Moisture Oil-Free Sensitive Skin) has been a success. Seven days of faithful dedication to these two and only these two products, and my skin is almost back to normal, save for one breakout on the right corner of my forehead. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say my skin looks better than it did before the spaz-tastic behavior ever occurred. I am almost certain it was due to overexfoliation – when I looked up the symptoms online, and reflected on my maniacal practice of exfoliating every day/using retinol in my day lotion/alpha-hydroxy in my night lotion, it was hard to ignore what was going on. It was a difficult week, abstaining from any exfoliation; even now, moving into day 10, as I’ve been slowly introducing one product at a time back into my regime, I have to hold myself back from falling back into the same harsh routine. So far, I have been able to use my Microdelivery Wash by Philosophy twice (with a couple days in between), and have tentatively used Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle lotion on my forehead at night, without incident. And not a moment too soon!! My high school reunion is in a week, and I am determined to 1) look as if I have actually reversed aging and look 16, and 2) make up for having corkscrew curly bangs back then. Ok, well maybe not 16….
Some great advice I stumbled upon while researching how to heal my face:
1) Cleanse face with a gentle cleanser
2) Use a basic, hypoallergenic moisturizer designed for your skin type (be sure to use oil-free / non-comedogenic for oily skin) – or you can try a lotion designed for upset skin (calming, a small list of ingredients to lessen chance of irritation)
3) DO NOT EXFOLIATE – I found for myself my skin returned entirely to normal after a week – but if you are still showing signs of irritation or have damaged the skin more severely, give yourself about a month to heal
4) When you are able to introduce exfoliating products into your routine again, ease into it slowly
5) Choose exfoliating products such as enzyme-based scrubs and masks (be sure the product is thoroughly rinsed as it can still be activated on the skin), or lactic acid or salicylic acid-based products, which are more gentle. Avoid using harsh scrubs.
As an advocate for exfoliation for ages, it was tough to heed this advice for myself – but since seeing the improvement (and having that scare), I have realized that there is no need or benefit to being over-zealous with exfoliation. The price of beauty, eh?
Has anyone else had a hard lesson to learn with skincare?
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